May 17, 2020 Reviews
Xiaomi is one of the first names that comes to mind when you talk about value for money. For the past couple of years, the Chinese phone manufacturer has seen itself grow exponentially in the market thanks to its top-tier mid-range and budget smartphones, and not to mention some killer flagships as well. The Redmi lineup is surely what has brought Xiaomi most of its users, and that’s because of how well Xiaomi executes these set of phones.
You can find a Note 9 Pro for just over 250 bucks on Amazon, and in that price, you can get a punch-hole display, an above-par camera setup, 5020 mAh battery, and great performance thanks to the Snapdragon 720G chipset and 4/6GB RAM options. All this makes up for a great phone on paper, but does it deliver in practical use as well?
The Redmi Note 9 Pro looks premium, and there’s no denying in that whatsoever. A punch-hole design in front of the screen, and a slick-looking back-cover that might end up being a fingerprint magnet, but at least it looks good! The camera module design is very unique as well and definitely adds up to the overall aesthetic of the phone. All in all, Xiaomi has nailed the design aspect of the Note 9 Pro.
Even though the 720G chip might be a mid-range one, it works flawlessly on the Redmi and you won’t notice any jitters in your daily usage at all. Even while playing heavy games like PUBG and COD Mobile, you can expect the phone to run them smoothly even on high graphic settings. However, if you’re really invested in the gaming idea, then we would advise you to opt for the 6GB variant instead of the 4GB one.
A quad camera setup on the Note 9 Pro houses a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and finally a 2MP depth sensor. The camera certainly gets the job done, and is more than average for the price point. The main camera is a Samsung sensor, and with decent lighting, it produces natural-looking photos. Moreover, the depth sensor helps take portrait photos that are easily best-in-class, with great natural blur and barely any edge bleeding. The macro lens is decent as well, and it will get the job done of taking close-up photos but is nothing out of the ordinary.
Battery life is top-tier on the Redmi Note 9 Pro as well, with the phone providing almost 6 and a half hours of screen-on time, which is certainly one of the best in any smartphone. However, a 5020 mAh battery means that charging will also take around 2 hours to get from 0 to 100.
At this price point, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. It’s a great package all in all, and ticks most of the boxes you’d need in a decent smartphone. Even though your night-mode shots aren’t going to be pleasant, your overall phone experience will surely be.